May, 2018

So, You Inherited a Failing Project…Here’s What to Do Next

LiquidPlanner

Dear Elizabeth: I’ve inherited a sinking ship of a project. I didn’t know things were so bad when I took it on, and now it looks like I have a turnaround situation on my hands.

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What Makes a Brilliant Project Leader?

Girl's Guide to PM

Mike Clayton. What makes a brilliant project leader? I spoke to Dr. Mike Clayton, author of Brilliant Project Leader, , and the brains behind OnlinePMCourses.com. We talked about the key skills and talents of people who make excellent project leaders. This is what he had to say.

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Cure Your Zombie PMO

Planview

Breaking news update: as I previously reported in the blog, “ Symptoms of the Zombie PMO ,” zombification is still proliferating in businesses throughout the world.

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Scheduling Team Members According to Agile Practices

Eylean

Team member management and scheduling is one of the key components in project manager’s responsibilities. It is according to these efforts that your project faith relies in most cases.

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Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

4 Trends That Will Transform Project Management

LiquidPlanner

In the world of project management, change is constant. From technology improvements to shifts in how teams collaborate and work together both in-house and around the world, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep up with the rapid pace of flux.

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More Trending

Fixed price contracting and Agile

Musings on Project Management

In my book, Project Management the Agile Way, now in its 2nd Edition, I make this statement in the chapter on contracts: Firm Fixed Price (FFP) completion contracts are inappropriate for contracting agile. I got an email from a reader challenging that assertion, to which responded: I always start by asserting that agile is a "fixed price" methodology. But, there is a big difference. agile contract

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (2 of 9) “Inclusive Leader”

Green Project Management

This second installment of Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager focuses on the “Inclusive Leader.” Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

Challenges of Gender in Project Management

Arras People

Gender equality in the work place is a massive topic in today’s world. The movement for gender equality is bigger than ever and this has been emphasised recently in Hollywood ( even the Queen got paid less than Prince Philip!

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How to Actually Develop a Project Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Featuring baselines, subsidiary plans, and other ancillary plans Do you know the 5Ps? Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. If this is true, why is it that some project managers put so little time in developing a project management plan?

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

6 Easy Ways to Manage Group Think and Risk at Work

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton , the brains behind Online PM Courses.com. It’s an edited extract from his book Risk Happens ! Dr Mike Clayton. In the 1970s, the social psychologist Irving Janis examined how groups make decisions.

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Project Quality Management – A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

When you’re managing a project, the Triple Constraint is always foremost in your head. How can you control the scope, schedule and cost of the project? But there is a fourth concern that is just as important and is sometimes forgotten in the maelstrom of project management, and that is quality.

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Timing is everything for your team!

Kiron Bondale

Those of us who have managed projects with team members dispersed across distant time zones are well aware of the risks caused by geographic, cultural and temporal distance.

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Characteristics of a Sustainable Project Manager (1 of 9) “Benefits Focused”

Green Project Management

There are a countless number of blog posts, books, articles, and papers on project competence or the application of knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to achieve the desired results (See the IPMA ICB 4.0)

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

The Current Project Management Job Climate

Arras People

The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication produced by IHS Markit and sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The report looks at both permanent and temporary jobs in a number of different sectors.

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RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works

The Digital Project Manager

You hear the term RACI, and inwardly groan. Far from the slightly exciting sounding acronym, The post RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Planning PM Skills & Best Practices

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Get Your Projects Started With OnlinePMcourses Fast Start Program

Girl's Guide to PM

Get 30% off the Fast Start Program project management training, and accelerate your way to project management success! I’m delighted to be partnering with project management trainer extraordinaire Dr Mike Clayton from OnlinePMcourses to bring you a special offer on his Fast Start Program.

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The Perfect New Hire Checklist – Use this Free Template

ProjectManager.com

The long, arduous hiring process is finally over. You’ve whittled down the many qualified candidates to that one individual who checks all the boxes on your list. They’re going to be a great addition to the team. So, now you can get back to business as usually, right? Wrong.

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. This phrase blur is dangerous, as it can pull our attention from what should be our real focus: our our customers' and users' needs. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want. You'll come away understanding: How being customer focused gives you a competitive advantage. Tactics for developing empathy for your users. How to encourage innovation through better customer understanding. September 11th, 2019 11:00AM PDT, 2:00PM EDT, 7:00PM BST

Why You Need to Become Business Agile

The Lazy Project Manager

[link]. In the first of this 3-part webinar series, we will explore ways to not only significantly reduce change failures but also how to dramatically raise the capability, speed, and success rates of delivering strategic change in any organization through the adoption of a ‘business agile’ change structure. Join our webinar to learn: Evolution and Stasis of Project Management: Challenges and Failures. Best Practices and Pitfalls of Change Management.

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9 Simple Ways to Quickly Start a Project

Project Risk Coach

I wish I had a dime for every time that I have been handed a project with a deadline of yesterday. You've been there too? Well, let's talk about some practical steps that we can take to quickly start a project. Jumpstarting a new project requires time and focus.

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PMO Career Advice Sessions in London

Arras People

Next week our very own Lindsay Scott will be bringing the PMO Flashmob to London on the 9 th and 10 th of May. This event taking place in the Aldgate East area will feature 3 sessions over the 2 days. 9 th /10 th May – 1-2-1 Career Sessions.

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5 Ways to Instantly Build Rapport for Increased Trust and Improved Relationships

Project Bliss

The ability to build rapport with others is often seen as a mysterious skill to those who don’t have it. Many people have a hard time connecting with and building relationships easily with others. They’re often frustrated that communication isn’t as easy as they’d like it to be.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

An Introduction to Project Steering Groups

Girl's Guide to PM

A Project Steering Group is the oversight committee of a project. You might use the term Project Board or Governance Committee, or something else that means a similar thing. All projects should have one, but the make up of the group depends on your project.

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10 Project Management Buzzwords and What They Mean

ProjectManager.com

Jargon is how professionals or people within a specialized group talk. It’s like code or shorthand, really, a way to address specifics to their trade or interests. Think of it as special words or expressions that are opaque to most but clearly understood by those in the know.

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Gantt charts still have a place in the agile-verse!

Kiron Bondale

Those of you who have followed me for a while will know that I value pragmatism over absolutism when it comes to delivery practices, tools and techniques. Pick the right tool for the right job should be a guiding principle followed by all project teams. Easier said than done!

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10 Ways to Keep Your Project Stakeholders Happy

Project Risk Coach

Every project has stakeholders—individuals, groups, and organizations that may be impacted by the project or may impact the project in a negative or positive manner. Your stakeholders have different views. Some are resistant. Some are neutral. Others are supportive or leading.

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How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

How to Successfully Close a Project. Project Closure Best Practices

The Digital Project Manager

The thing is launched! The developers have dispersed, the designers have high-fived, all of the items on your launch checklist have been dutifully checked off. Maybe there’s still confetti floating down from the ceiling. Your project is done! Or is it? The post How to Successfully Close a Project.

Project Manager Interview: Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy

Project Bliss

Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy owns PMBasics101.com where he writes about Project Management. Gallatin, TN is the nicest place in America! Who knew? When he told me he was traveling from Kiev, Ukraine to Nashville, Tennessee, I headed over from Memphis.

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OFFICIAL! Project sponsorship has been declared null and void.

Ron Rosenhead

At a meeting of the International Project Management Convocation (IProMco) this month, the Board ruled there was no need for projects to have a project sponsor. The Board suggested that as the role was not being played out fully by project sponsors then it was ‘unnecessary.’

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